Crysis 2

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Crysis 2
Release dates
March 22, 2011
Crysis 2 at WineHQ
Crysis 2 at SteamDB
 Crysis 2 at Wikipedia
Crysis 2007
Crysis: Warhead 2008
Crysis 2 2011
Crysis 3 2013

Key points

Advantage PC version features high resolution textures, tessellation, high quality shadows and more PC-specific features.
Advantage Great for benchmarking graphics cards
Disadvantage GameSpy online server browser stopped working on May 31, 2014 due to GameSpy services being shut down.[1]

General information

More information Crysis Website
More information MyCrysis Forums
More information Crysis Wiki - A wiki for everything Crysis related
More information Steam Community Discussions
More information Steam Users' Forums for game series


Source DRM Notes Keys Availability Table Icons - Origin.svg Maximum Edition
Direct2Drive Availability Table Icons - Origin.svg Maximum Edition
GamersGate Availability Table Icons - Origin.svg Maximum Edition
GameStop Availability Table Icons - Origin.svg Maximum Edition
Green Man Gaming Availability Table Icons - Origin.svg Maximum Edition
Origin Availability Table Icons - Origin.svg Maximum Edition
Steam Availability Table Icons - Steam.svg Maximum Edition Availability Table Icons - Origin.svg
Uplay Availability Table Icons - Origin.svg Maximum Edition

Essential improvements[edit]

Skip intro videos[edit]

Fix Skip intro videos by editing a config file

Information Crysis 2 startup videos are unskippable, but can be turned off by editing a config file.
  1. Locate system.cfg or create autoexec.cfg in the installation folder. Either file will work.
  2. Add g_skipintro = 1 line to either of the files.

How to change the in-game language[edit]

Fix If you want to play Crysis in English instead of your own locale

Information Crysis 2 auto-detects your Operating System's language and uses it without asking.
  1. Go to your Crysis 2 folder
  2. Find and open System.cfg
  3. Change the last line to: g_language = English


Patch 1.9 prepares Crysis 2 for DX11 features and high-resolution textures. Each need to be downloaded and installed separately from the 1.9 patch.

DirectX 11 Ultra Upgrade[edit]

Information The DirectX 11 Ultra Upgrade can be downloaded here.
Advantage Steam Maximum Edition version seems to already include this.

With this package the following DX11 exclusive features will be activated

  • Tessellation + Displacement Mapping
  • Realistic Shadows with Variable Penumbra
  • High Quality HDR Motion Blur
  • Sprite Based Bokeh Depth of Field
  • Parallax Occlusion Mapping
  • Particles Motion Blur, Shadows and Art Updates
  • Water Rendering improvements and using Tessellation + Displacement Mapping
  • DX11 compatible graphics card with 768 MB Video Memory
  • 545 MB HD space

High-Resolution Textures[edit]

Information The High-Res Texture Pack can be downloaded here.
Advantage Steam Maximum Edition version seems to already include this.

The High-Resolution Texture Pack doubles the fidelity of many of the game's art assets.

  • 64-bit operating system
  • DirectX 9-compatible graphics card with 768 MB Video Memory

NTCore 4GB Patch[edit]

Advantage Crysis 2 is very memory intensive. This app improves performance for Crysis 2 on 64-bit Windows systems with more than 2GB RAM by allowing it to access up to 4GB RAM.


BlackFire's Mod 2 and MaLDo HD Textures[edit]

For those who truly want to push Crysis 2's graphical fidelity to its limits, BlackFire's Mod 2 and MaLDo HD serves their needs. A step by step list of instructions is available at this forum post over at [1].

Game data[edit]

In-game general settings.

Configuration file(s) location[edit]

Windows <path-to-game>\*.cfg

Save game data location[edit]

Windows %USERPROFILE%\Saved Games\Crysis2\SaveGames\

Save game cloud syncing[edit]

System Native Notes
Origin Native support
Steam Cloud No native support
GameSave Manager Native support

Video settings[edit]

In-game general video settings.
In-game advanced video settings.
Graphics option Option WSGF Notes
Widescreen resolution Native support WSGF WS Silver.svg
Multi-monitor Native support WSGF MM Silver.svg
Ultra-widescreen Native support WSGF UW Silver.svg
Field of view (FOV) Hackable See Field of view (FOV).
Windowed Native support
Borderless fullscreen windowed Hackable Use Borderless Gaming.
Anisotropic filtering (AF) Hackable Force in the graphics card control panel.
Anti-aliasing (AA) Native support
Vertical sync (Vsync) Native support
60 FPS Native support
120+ FPS Native support

Field of view (FOV)[edit]

Fix Change FOV

  1. Create an autoexec.cfg file in the installation folder.
  2. Add these lines to it:
cl_FOV = 70
r_DrawNearFOV = 70
pl_movement.power_sprint_targetFOV = 70


Information cl_FOV controls the main game world FOV; r_DrawNearFOV controls the FOV for nearby objects, primarily your arms and weapon; and pl_movement.power_sprint_targetFOV controls the FOV used only when you sprint.
Information Crysis 2 is using vertical field of view with 55 as default. Use FOV Calculator to calculate your desired horizontal field of view.

Input settings[edit]

In-game key map settings.
In-game general gamepad settings.
In-game gamepad layout settings for the player.
In-game gamepad layout settings for vehicles.
Keyboard and mouse Native Notes
Remapping Native support
Mouse acceleration Native support
Mouse input in menus Native support
Mouse Y-axis inversion Native support
Controller support Native support XInput controllers only.
Full controller support Native support
Controller remapping No native support Can only switch between pre-set layouts.
Controller Y-axis inversion Native support

Audio settings[edit]

In-game audio settings.
Audio options Native Notes
Separate volume controls Native support
Surround sound Native support Up to 7.1 output[2]
Subtitles Native support
Closed captions No native support
Mute on focus lost Native support


Language UI Audio CC Notes
English Native support Native support Native support
Czech Native support Unknown Unknown
French Native support Unknown Unknown
German Native support Unknown Unknown
Italian Native support Unknown Unknown
Japanese Native support Unknown Unknown
Polish Native support Unknown Unknown
Russian Native support Native support Native support
Spanish Native support Native support Native support
Traditional Chinese Native support Unknown Unknown
Turkish Native support Unknown Unknown


Multiplayer types

Type Native Players Notes
LAN play No native support
Online play Native support 16 Online server browser stopped working on May 31, 2014.[1]

Connection types

Type Native Notes
Matchmaking Native support
Peer-to-peer Native support
Dedicated Native support
Self-hosting Native support Use the Crysis 2 Community Dedicated Server Package.
Direct IP Native support


Protocol Port(s) and/or port range(s)
TCP (outbound) 80, 2891, 2990, 6667, 29900, 64100
UDP (outbound) 27900-27901, 64100

VR support[edit]

3D modes Native GG3D Notes
Native 3D Native support GG3D platinum.svg
Nvidia 3D Vision Native support Unknown icon.svg See Helix Mod: Crysis 2 for better 3D support.
TriDef 3D Unknown Unknown icon.svg
iZ3D Unknown Unknown icon.svg
Devices Native Notes
Oculus Rift Hackable See Crysis 2 running on Oculus Rift with Vireio.

Issues unresolved[edit]

Statistic screen[edit]

The statistic-screen in the menu displays that 13 weapon-attachments are findable in single-player but in fact there are only 12. Therefore, it is not possible to achieve "100%".

Issues fixed[edit]

Extreme lag while using Nvidia video card[edit]

Fix Extreme lag while using Nvidia video card

When playing Crysis 2 on a fast Nvidia card (GTX 560 Ti and possibly on faster cards as well), there can be an extreme and unexpected lag regardless of single player or multiplayer campaign. This is very noticeable while navigating the menu, something that should be instantaneous and direct. If you experience this lag, try switching to windowed mode (Alt+ Enter). If this lag now disappears and gameplay is suddenly fast again, the solution is this:

  1. Open the Nvidia Control Panel program
  2. Go to Display > Adjust desktop size and position
  3. If necessary, for step 1, select your main display
  4. At step 2, view the Scaling tab
  5. Select No scaling
  6. Select Perform scaling on: Display

Make sure your display is capable of scaling the game resolution to its native resolution, if you like to game at weird resolutions. GPU scaling is very useful but under Crysis 2, it introduces an extreme form of lag. Now, play Crysis 2 and see if you notice the difference.

(ALTERNATE SOLUTION) This game does not appear to like the Xbox One Controller and will cause severe lag on launch. If you happen to have one plugged in, disconnect it.[citation needed]

Crash to Desktop at Startup[edit]

Fix Crash to Desktop at Startup

the game will freeze up and crash to the desktop without any errors

  • Disable 'Lucid Vitru MVP Pro 2.0'
  • This fix probably works with previous versions of Lucid's software.

External TV locked at 24 Hz[edit]

Fix External TV locked at 24hz

If you use an external TV as a monitor to player Crysis 2 you may encounter a bug where the game always uses a 24Hz mode on the TV, resulting in a laggy frame rate. Sadly there is no official fix for this issue.

One temporary solution for this issue is to use ForceFix. Originally used for Metal Gear Rising, which as of now is also experiencing the same issue, also works for Crysis 2 as well.

Another way to play the game in fullscreen is to force borderless fullscreen windowed mode.

Alternatively you can create a custom resolution with a few less horizontal pixels which should force the display into 60Hz mode. For example, if you are running at 1920x1080 using an Nvidia card:

  1. Open Nvidia Control Panel
  2. Go to Display > Change Resolution
  3. Click Customize
  4. Click Create Custom Resolution
  5. Change Horizontal pixels to 1916
  6. Leave Vertical lines at 1080
  7. Click Test and apply your settings if successful
  8. In Crysis 2, select your new resolution (1916x1080) and apply
  9. Your display should switch to 1920x1080@60Hz.

Fix Forcing refresh rate via DirectX registry entries.

  1. Open the Registry Editor (open the Start screen/Start menu, type regedit and press Enter).
  2. Go to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\DirectDraw
  3. Create DWORD entry "ForceRefreshRate" and change its DECIMAL value to the refresh rate of your monitor.
  4. 64-bit users will need to do this at HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Wow6432Node\Microsoft\DirectDraw as well.
  5. This will force DirectX games to run in your monitor's refresh rate.

Other information[edit]


Technical specs Supported Notes
Direct3D 9, 11
Shader Model support 3, 5
64-bit executable No native support


Middleware Notes
Audio FMOD
Interface Scaleform
Multiplayer GameSpy

System requirements[edit]

Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS) XP SP3 Vista SP2, 7 SP1
Processor (CPU) Intel Core 2 Duo 2.0 GHz
AMD Athlon 64 X2 2.0 GHz
Intel Core 2 Duo 2.66 GHz
AMD Athlon 64 X2 2.66 GHz
System memory (RAM) 2 GB 3 GB
Hard disk drive (HDD)
9 GB
Video card (GPU) Nvidia GeForce 8800 GS
ATI Radeon HD 3800
512 MB of VRAM
DirectX 9.0c compatible
Nvidia GeForce GTX 280
ATI Radeon HD 4870


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